Embarrassing Bodies Down Under
About the Show
Dr Christian Jessen hits the road in Australia with local physicians Sam Hay, Ginni Mansberg and Brad McKay to de-stigmatise sensitive health issues and tackle some troublesome medical complaints
Series 1 Summary
For years, Embarrassing Bodies has been proving that 'there's no shame, we're all the same', and now a new group of medics are ready to tackle Australia's most 'cringe-worthy' conditions. Dr Christian Jessen teams up with Antipodean physicians Sam Hay, Ginni Mansberg and Brad McKay to bring a unique Aussie flavour to this hugely successful series.
Exploding myths about troublesome medical complaints, the Embarrassing Bodies Down Under truck travels across the country, hitting major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne and party hot spots like the Gold Coast, while the high-tech studio clinic proves the perfect place to treat those more difficult disorders and intense cases.
The ability of Australians not to take themselves too seriously shines through, even when facing those awkward ailments that nobody wants to talk about. Embarrassing Bodies Down Under takes a down-to-earth approach, de-stigmatises sensitive health issues and deals strictly with the medical facts.
In Sydney, the team meet a woman who is upset about having inverted nipples, a man who has sebaceous cysts on his scrotum as a result of shaving, and a woman who is demoralised by her high-pitched voice.
Other patients include a woman who is self-conscious about her weak profile and would like to have a chin implant, a man who needs surgery to correct a pilonidal sinus, and a woman who has had a problem with dry, flaky skin for 20 years.
The doctors weigh in on the scary statistic that one in five Aussie adults is obese. Their first patient is a woman who has lost an amazing 55kg but has been left with the problem of baggy excess skin. Can Dr Brad hatch a plan to help her lose her unwanted apron of skin for good?
On a visit to Melbourne, Dr Ginni examines a man with an extremely tight foreskin and refers him to a urologist for a circumcision. Meanwhile, Dr Sam is on a mission to persuade men to look after their health by having regular prostate examinations.
Dr Christian gets a group of average Aussies to have a closer look at the colour of their urine, and finds out how well Australian women really know their nipples.
One patient visits the clinic to get advice about her sweaty hands and feet, while another is embarrassed by the odour caused by a persistent case of bacterial vaginosis.
The doctors are on a mission to tackle men's health issues during a visit to Melbourne. They encounter a man with a hydrocele - a large cyst full of fluid - on one of his testicles, and meet a patient with warts on his bottom caused by the human papilloma virus.
Dr Ginni treats a man who has excess skin inflamed by boils after losing a lot of weight, Dr Sam examines a patient who has two loose front teeth after being hit in the face by a basketball, and Dr Brad gives hopeful advice about surgery to a man who has erectile dysfunction after an operation for prostate cancer.
Dr Christian teaches men to examine their testicles for lumps and bumps, and takes a look at the facts about flatulence. And a man whose wife is tired of his loud snoring finds out about the long-term risks of obstructive sleep apnoea.
When the doctors meet patients at Bondi Beach, a woman whose breasts are asymmetrical gets advice from Dr Ginni about surgery to make them the same size.
Dr Sam sends a man who lost his top front teeth playing in a sports match to a cosmetic dental surgeon to have his smile restored.
Dr Brad meets a patient who has the autoimmune condition alopecia areata, which is causing uneven patches of hair loss on his head.
Dr Christian encourages women to carry out regular breast examinations, and looks at some of the causes of bad breath.
Patients also seek advice on the inflammatory skin condition psoriasis, and congestion caused by nasal polyps.
The doctors pay a visit to Dandenong, Victoria, where Dr Brad encounters a man who has suffered a penile fracture that has caused Peyronie's disease, and Dr Sam meets a woman who is self-conscious about her protruding ears.
Dr Ginni has advice for a patient whose legs and arms are covered in a red rash caused by a rare case of generalised essential telangiectasia, a permanent dilation of small blood vessels.
One woman visits the clinic to get advice about the excess skin left on her upper arms after losing weight, while another is unhappy about increased hair growth on her chin, chest and stomach caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome.
There's also a look at foot problems, including bunions, fungal infections, and a case of warts that are removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen.
The doctors pay a visit to party paradise the Gold Coast, where Dr Ginni encounters a woman whose sex life has been affected by severe pain caused by vulvodynia.
Dr Sam meets a woman who is self-conscious about having webbed toes on both feet, a condition known as syndactyly, and Dr Brad has advice for a man with a double hernia that is aggravated by weight gain.
One patient has lumps and cysts caused by the skin condition hidradenitis suppurativa, while another is seeking treatment for the eczema on her face and arms.
A woman who was born without a right ear visits the clinic to find out about improving her hearing. There's also a look at toilet habits, hangover cures, sexually transmitted diseases and periods.
The doctors are still in surfers' paradise the Gold Coast. Dr Ginni meets a woman with swollen feet caused by Graves' disease, which affects the thyroid gland, and advises a patient with a cyst in his scrotum.
Dr Sam encounters a woman with mysterious lumps on her top lip, and a man who has a bend in his penis due to an over-tight frenulum.
Dr Brad has advice for a woman who has damaged stomach muscles after two pregnancies in quick succession.
Other patients seek treatment for the skin conditions dermatitis, eczema and acanthosis nigricans.
There's also a look at the health benefits and hazards of kissing, and the medical conditions that can affect swimmers and surfers who spend a lot of time in the water, such as ear infections and athlete's foot.
Dr Ginni encounters a man with vitiligo, a condition that strips pigment from the skin, and a woman whose large breasts are giving her back, shoulder and neck pain.
Dr Sam meets a woman with painful, recurring mouth ulcers, and another with a rectocele, where the rectum pushes into the back wall of the vagina and forms a bulge.
Dr Brad has advice for a woman with missing teeth and infected gums, and a man with onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nails.
There's also a look at the problems caused by excessive earwax, Dr Ginni teaches a group of women how to carry out an examination of the vulva, and Dr Christian has a chat with some men about penis size.
Embarrassing Bodies Down Under synopsis
Dr Christian Jessen hits the road in Australia with local physicians Sam Hay, Ginni Mansberg and Brad McKay to de-stigmatise sensitive health issues and tackle some troublesome medical complaintsEpisode Guide >